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I bought a rig this past weekend for a Trail/DD duty as a B-Day present to myself. I am shooting to have this thing done within a year or so.

Here are some pics:









The Good:

22RE
R151F Transmission
23 Spline Single TC with Marlin 4.7's
Allpro Dual TC Skid
Marlin Rear Bumper
33/10.50/15 BFG KM's on FJ60 wheels w/ full size matching spare + extra wheel
interior pretty good for 25 years old
Got 20 mpg on the first tank of gas

The not so Good:

probably needs a knuckle rebuild
little bondo work on pass bed
a little rust on drivers side bed
AC has a little leak somewhere
a little hail damage on hood
Fuel guage shows 1/2 full on a full tank
possible Vaccum leak/ rough idle


The plan :

529's
Lockers (Detroit and Aussie probably)
Longfields
Dual Cases with twin sticks
Ranchos on the front with Sky's Hanger kit
63's on the rear with Sky's 63" kit
37's
Hi Steer
Winch bumper
Sliders
Bed bob
Fix a little of the bondo/rust
maybe a paint job

All input/help is appreciated
 

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Thanks Ray. I hope to get a lot of input on the build from everyone. Im meeting up with Jason on Thursday to discuss gears.

You dont have an IFS steering box laying around?
 

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gears are a huge debate among people, just pick what's in your price range and dont cut corners here, you will pay for it ! I have Yukon F/R mainly because I got a deal on rears and not many people offered good Hipinion gear sets that I felt good using.Go to Zuk's page and read his diff installs, he is a gooroo when it comes to all the gear brands. Talk to Joe or Dave at gulf coast too.
 

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Thanks, I just kicking around ideas before I get started. Im meeting Jason at daves on Thursday. Keep the ideas and suggestions coming.
 

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start looking for a high pinion front diff while you're at it. You'll be glad you did.
 

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Andy did you use the stock front spring hanger with your Ranchos?

And no on the trade :)
 

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No. Truck has the sky man cross member and the sky 63" leaf kit for the rear. You sure you don't want to trade?? It will save ya all kinds of money.....:p
 

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Well I just ordered a Knuckle Rebuild kit w/ bearings since that is probably the first thing I need to do to the front end before anything else. Its coming UPS ground so I will have it next week.

One question: is this the right hanger kit to get from Sky's part # Toy-SAS-001
Front hanger, bolts, bushings and boomerang shackles?

The 63" spring kit is pretty straight forward :)

$308 seem reasonable for front and rear spring hangers?
 

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Well I just ordered a Knuckle Rebuild kit w/ bearings since that is probably the first thing I need to do to the front end before anything else. Its coming UPS ground so I will have it next week.

One question: is this the right hanger kit to get from Sky's part # Toy-SAS-001
Front hanger, bolts, bushings and boomerang shackles?

The 63" spring kit is pretty straight forward :)

$308 seem reasonable for front and rear spring hangers?
Yeah thats the right part number.

Sky's kits are great quality. I have them front and rear as well on my '82. You cant go wrong with any of Sky's parts. If its in your budget, I would get a set of u-bolt flips from a vendor (doesnt matter which one). They come up for sale every once in a while on Marlin's borad and Pirate4x4.
 

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yeah, get the longfield 30 spline super set and some chromo hub gears.
 

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Go dirty 30's trail-gear all you need :D
 

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i would do rears up front instead of rancho springs moves the xel farther forward
high steer makes driving these trucks feel alot safer and easier

i used RUF and 2 wheel drive f150 springs flipped facing backwards on my truck kept it really low, the sky rear spring hanger on the back
 

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That sounds like the ticket there Tim. I just need to get my mounts and 63' lined out. What dit you do to the rears before you installed them up front?

63's from an 89 to 96 Chevy/GM 1500, 2/4wd correct? 2wd will have 3 and 4wd will have 4 leaves?

I know I am a GD noob :)
 
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